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Why our qualification is the best

As a small independent training provider we have been developing our qualification since 1989 through the clinical experience of Mel Cash and his team of incredibly talented tutor/therapists. 

It has been built only on the proven techniques and methods that we know work well in the real clinical environment and help our clients the most. It has also responded to changes in modern healthcare so we now go way beyond sports massage and can also effectively help the 90% of the population who do not do sport but still suffer with minor and chronic injuries.

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How much can you earn as a Soft Tissue Therapist

Part-time it should be easy to earn about £8,000 a year, full-time about £40,000 a year and even as a student you should be able to earn back about half the cost of the course 

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Everyone needs Soft Tissue Therapy

Everyone suffers with aches and pains from time to time but they are often not bad enough for medical treatment so we just have to suffer with them. Or do we?

Soft Tissue Therapy is not a miracle cure but it often comes pretty close. So don’t put up with those chronic aches and pains that get you down, find yourself a Soft Tissue Therapist.

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Career Success in Soft Tissue Therapy

This article describes how good training and experience develops into a successful lifetime career in Soft Tissue Therapy.

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Soft Tissue Therapy – Where is the Science?

Some people want to dismiss Soft Tissue Therapy because they say it has no scientific basis. But we all use self-massage and stretching because we know it works. This pre-dates modern science by tens of thousands of years. People go to Soft Tissue Therapists because they do these natural remedies better than they can do themselves, and because you can't massage your own back!

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The Definition of Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft Tissue Therapy is now clearly defined and should only be used by those with the clinical skills that meet the definition.

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How did we get here

  • Our journey began in September 1989.
  • In those days Sports Massage was a good fun job but we were not trained to treat injuries, however, this didn’t stop injured clients turning up for treatment.
  • We developed our clinical skills so we could better meet the needs of injured clients.
  • Financial pressure on the NHS meant it could no longer fund the treatment of minor and chronic injuries.
  • In response to this we continued to develop our qualification.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy. A new title that more accurately describes what we do now.
  • The only therapy that effectively treats minor and chronic injuries using traditional hands-on methods.

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A Good Career Needs a Good Investment

There are now many short intensive massage courses which I suppose fit in with modern-day life expectations. People want fast-food or instant results and they don’t want to wait for anything anymore. But you only get what you pay for!

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How to succeed in private practice for physiotherpists

  • Physiotherapy has changed a lot over the years.
  • It Is now mostly exercise based
  • Patients still want hands on treatment
  • To succeed in private practice you have to give the patients what they want and you need to get positive and cost effective results.

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Sports Massage v Soft Tissue Therapy

SPORTS MASSAGE v SOFT TISSUE THERAPY by Mel Cash

How Sports Massage came about. 

So how did ‘Sports Massage’ become a mini-industry?

Misled by ‘Sports Massage’

Is Sports Massage a good job?

What is Soft Tissue Therapy?

Career potential in Soft Tissue Therapy

 

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Physiotherapy v Soft Tissue Therapy

  •  Physiotherapy has changed a lot over the years.
  • The old traditional hands-on techniques that Physiotherapists used to use are still as effective today as they ever were, also patients still like them and respond very well to them. Indeed, we now put on special Soft Tissue Therapy courses for recently qualified Physiotherapist who desperately want to develop these hands-on skills again
  • Physiotherapy training takes three years on a full-time degree with tuition fees of nearly £30,000, plus living costs.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy training only costs around £3,000 on a part-time (usually weekends) course taking no more than a year.

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Want a Rewarding Lifetime Career - Don’t Waste Your Time Learning Sports Massage/Therapy

  • What’s wrong with Sports Massage/Therapy: Too many therapists chasing too little work so the odds are against you making a good career out of it.
  • What’s right with Soft Tissue Therapy: You can treat minor and chronic injuries for the whole population. Biggest market with the greatest potential for a rewarding life-time career. 

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What do the different qualification Levels in massage mean

Level 3 is equivalent to a school GCSE

Level 4 is equivalent to a school ‘A’ level or university entry standard

Level 5 is equivalent to a university under-graduate

All awarding bodies (BTEC, ITEC, VTCT, etc) have to use the same criteria when approving qualification Levels

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What the different therapy titles mean

What do these titles mean?

Masseur (male), Masseuse (female) or Massage Therapist. Sports Massage Therapist. Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist. Soft Tissue Therapist.

What titles can we use? You are free to use any title that is not otherwise protected but it must be fair and honest.

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